On Top Magazine
January 17, 2013

A Rhode Island House panel considering a bill seeking to legalize gay marriage in the state heard testimony from hundreds of people on Tuesday. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee said in written testimony that the supports marriage equality because it would “extend important social recognition and legal protections to all Rhode Island families and children” while preserving “the right of religious institutions to determine who they may marry within their faiths.” “At its core, the Marriage Equality Act is a matter of fairness,” he said. Other prominent state politicians who spoke in favor of the bill included state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Rep. Arthur Handy – the bill's Democratic sponsor – and openly gay Rep. Frank Ferri.